Category: General

Save the Okura Estuary Petition

The Auckland Unitary Plan Hearings Panel’s recommendation to move the Rural Urban Boundary will permit Todd Property Ltd. to carry out an extensive housing development on the southern side of the Okura Estuary. The development will irrevocably destroy the quiet natural beauty of the area. Please let the council know that you want the estuary saved by signing the Long…

Bird Count Training Day 3rd Sept. 9am-Noon

Hello everyone, Yes it is getting close to our annual October bird count. Thank you to everyone who participated last year. What a wonderful time we had counting the different types of bird song in Okura Bush. Welcome to the new volunteers. We look forward to meeting you at our training session. We are very fortunate to have Sarah Wells…

Hibiscusmatters: Rats Knocked Down at Okura

In the June 15th issue of Hibiscusmatters Page 25: Members of the Friends of Okura Bush environmental group celebrate the cull of 23 rats in their Knock Down event. Nick Morgan measured and weighed each rat to determine the prize-winners. These Ka Mate traps, designed in Marlborough, are already producing good results in Okura Bush. A total of 60 of…

Autumn 2016 Newsletter

FOOB and the Auckland Council Unitary Plan This summer a most pressing issue facing our fragile bush and its wildlife has occupied much of your executives time. On the northern boundary Weiti Station, at present a wilderness of exotic and invasive weeds has been approved as the site of at least 1200 houses. The fate of the green fields on…

Geoweb track no good for kauri

Friends of Okura Bush (FOOB) are concerned that the planned upgrade of the walkway by the Department of Conservation (DOC) will be detrimental to the health of the Okura Bush Scenic Reserve. Furthermore, the same engineering is to be applied to all track upgrades across New Zealand and is likely to lead to long-term damage to forests across the country.…

SPRING/SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2016

Young leopard seals are said to travel north to New Zealand occasionally. New Zealand fur seals are now seen more often in the Hauraki Gulf and perhaps we will see both species more often in the future. For more on leopard seals click here. Progress DOC has now produced detailed plans for upgrading parts of the main walkway and have…

Seasons Greetings 2015

To all our wonderful supporters Wishing you a Wonder-filled Festive Season with family and friends and time spent in nature. A BIG THANK YOU to each and every one of you for your support, especially our executive committee, sub committees and the pest controlling volunteers on the ground. Because of our efforts we now have more birdsong, undergrowth and life…

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